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Cemetery tour Staff photo by E.J. Harris
A headstone for the grave of a 4-month-old named Dolly sticks up between the tumble weeds and cheatgrass at the Reeder/Gallaher Cemetery near Helix.
Take a spooky visit to isolated historic graves By KATE WHITTLE East Oregonian In an overgrown, untended field some 20 miles northwest of Pendleton as the crow flies, Millie Craft lies where her parents buried her in 1886 when she died at 14 months old. Her tiny bones rest under the scraggly brown bushes and cheatgrass. “We loved her,” stretches the etched words on the small white tombstone that rises out of the soft, dry earth. Millie eternally sleeps alongside at least 18 more coffins in the abandoned Irish cemetery, scarcely noticeable from Reeder Road unless a knowledgeable historian can point out the scattered chunks of granite peeking through. “This is just sad,” Keith May said. The retired teacher visited some of his favorite Umatilla County cemeteries in late
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO HISTORIC CEMETERIES Gallaher/Reeder From Pendleton, north seven miles on Highway 11, turn left on Helix Highway, after about one mile turn right on Reeder Road. Cemetery has no sign or fence, but can be distinguished from surrounding farmed fields. Finland/Greesewood Departing from Gallaher/Reeder, turn left onto Helix Highway, right on Midway Road, and right on Enbysk Road at the Apostolic Lutheran Church. Cemetery is 1/2 mile at end of Enbysk road. Myrick Cemetery Return to Helix Highway and continue north, turning left to the Holdman Junction. After about three miles, turn left on Myrick Road. Drive one mile south to Hudeman Road. The path to the cemetery is steep, so be cautious when driving in bad weather.
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Retired teacher and local historian Keith May looks at his notes while visiting the Myrick Cemetery.
The Finland/Greasewood Cemetery is a Lutheran cemetery and it is divided down the middle between Apostolic and Evangelical Lutherans.
‘Puss’ hits near-purrfect pitch ‘Shrek’ spinoff visually stunning origin tale
uss in Boots,” an origin tale for the popular “Shrek” character, is a model for how to build on what works. You won’t find anything new in Puss’ story, which is a surprisingDOMINIC ly BAEZ entertainAt The Movies ing jumble
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##### # of fairy tales and nursery rhyme characters transposed in a Spain-meets-Wild West storybook. What you will find, though, is a fun if sporadic adventure in a visually stunning landscape far more effervescent than any of the “Shrek” films. The tale fleshes out the backstory of the titular character, an egotistical swashbuckler (voiced by Antonio Banderas) with delusions of grandeur and an eclectic group of ac-
quaintances, including Humpty Dumpty, the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs, Jack and Jill and Mother Goose herself. We’re also introduced to a love interest, the seductive Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek), who transitions from Puss’ competition to his partner in crime. The pair possesses serious skill on the dance floor, often breaking in flamenco-style numbers, but their teamwork always seems a tad forced (lest one loses the edge over the other). The other characters, however, are more central to the story, if only visually. The covetous Jack and Jill, voiced by Billy Bob
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Humpty Dumpty, voiced by Zach Galifianakis; Kitty Softpaws, voiced by Salma Hayek; and Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas, are shown in a scene from “Puss in Boots.” Thornton and Amy Sedaris, are devious villains terrorizing the countryside. Mother Goose, similar in size to the giant Gingerbread
Man, is a sinister-seeming threat descending from on high to protect her golden chick, whom the outlaw partners have stolen from above.
Puss is as quick-witted and criminally capable as ever, but he doesn’t hold the same weight he had in
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‘Uncharted 3’ another interactive treasure, even if it isn’t uncharted territory anymore
By DERRIK J. LANG The Associated Press It was somewhere around the sixth rooftop that I leapt from during a rollicking foot chase above the streets of Yemen that I realized “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” is one of the best games I’ve played this year — and maybe ever. It’s not because the gameplay is notably innovative or the story is particularly compelling. They’re not. “Uncharted 3” is just unapologetically fun. The developers at Naughty Dog have stuck closely to the formula that garnered them awards, critical praise and game sales for “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” by creating another interactive action experience that rivals anything Hollywood has churned out in the past four years. “Uncharted 3” finds treasure hunter Nathan Drake, who claims to be a descendent of Sir Francis Drake, on a quest to uncover a mythical city known as the “Atlantis of the Sands” that’s apparently buried somewhere in the Middle East. His journey is more personal this time, providing some much needed character development for Drake and his cohorts. Nolan North again gives a pitch-perfect performance as Drake, and so do sidekicks Richard McGonagle as con man Victor “Sully” Sullivan, Emily Rose as journalist Elena Fisher, Claudia Black as grifter Chloe Frazer and Graham
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Journalist Elena Fisher, voiced by Emily Rose, left, and treasure hunter Nathan Drake, voiced by Nolan North, are shown in a scene from “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.” McTavish as henchman Charlie Cutter. Rosalind Ayres does a noble Helen Mirren impersonation as villainess Katherine Marlowe. The game’s exotic environments serve as the other, more gorgeous, stars of “Uncharted 3.” A burning chateau in France, a pirated cruise ship in the Arabian Sea and the bustling streets in Yemen are a few of the exhilarating playgrounds where Drake can seamlessly switch among climbing, shooting, brawling and puzzle solving during his whirlwind adventure. Yes, the plot is too similar to the previous “Uncharted” titles — how many secret cities can one man uncover? But the pace is so rapid, and the action is peppered with so much humor
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#### and heart, that it hardly matters, especially in the game’s more exciting later stages, some of which are surprisingly mind-bending and gut-wrenching for such a mainstream game. “Uncharted 3” doesn’t offer players any more freedom than its predecessor did two years ago, which is just fine by me because that’s what the developers intended. I found the strict linear nature of “Uncharted 3” comforting after toying with such seemingly openended new releases as “Rage,” ‘’Dark Souls” and “Batman: Arkham City.”
The only major gripe that I have with “Uncharted 3” is that it’s no longer in uncharted territory. The differences from the second to the third installment are merely tweaks. The hand-tohand combat system is sharper, and the multiplayer and cooperative modes are fuller, but they still lack the addictiveness of games like “Call of Duty” or “World of Warcraft.” The bar was set so high that “Uncharted 3” isn’t quite able to surpass “Uncharted 2,” despite a masterful blend of thrilling gameplay, cinematic storytelling and luscious graphics. I wonder if it’s possible for Naughty Dog to ever top “Uncharted 2.” I’m not sure. I just know I cannot wait to play “Uncharted 4” to find out. Four out of four stars.
TOUR: Lesser-known cemeteries could provide for a spooky Halloween Continued From 1C October. In silent wheat fields, the homesteads of 19th-century Finnish, German and Irish settlers are long since dismantled and plowed over. But their graves remain. Anyone looking for a spooky Halloween, May recommends taking a tour of lesser-known cemeteries around Helix and Holdman. His first stop is the Gallaher/Reeder Irish cemetery, decayed because no one is sure who owns it. It’s sometimes called Gallaher, because one grave marker bears that name, and sometimes called the Reeder cemetery for the road that leads to it. A few miles away are the Finnish and German cemeteries -- small, fenced-off patches of bare earth and granite markers in the middle of sprawling wheatland. In fall, leaves and twigs crackle underfoot and dust devils whip up on the country roads. Homesteaders once dotted the area, back in the tractor-less days when farming required more human labor. In times when life was brutal and short, the afterlife meant everything. In the Finnish cemetery, a path divides the Evangelical Lutheran section from
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Many of the old cemeteries served specific ethnic groups like the Myrick Cemetery that served a German population. the Apostolics. They eternally wait, separately, for Jesus Christ to return. “They’re buried eastwest, so if they sit up, they’ll see the sun,” May said. The Lutherans would have learned in life that in the end of days, Jesus will arrive from the east. The rule is sometimes broken so families will gaze toward each other, like Enbusks and Enbysks, the descendants of two brothers who spelled their
names differently after immigrating. A mile southeast of the Finnish cemetery, the Myrick Cemetery holds the region’s Germans. “Hier Ruhet” the Lembckes, Eggers and Timmermanns. The oldest markers date from the 1890s, but the cemetery is still active, May said, since a man was buried there in 1970. Nearer to Pendleton and less haunting is the welltended Olney Cemetery,
where several of Pendleton’s notables rest beneath the shaded green lawn. Famous outlaws, respected judges and Chinese immigrant laborers all make no objection to residing near each other. May is sad to see the crumbling cemeteries and forgotten ancestors, but the deceased probably don’t mind. No matter how loud in life, or big the tombstone, everyone ends up in the same place.
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soon hear about a sequel in which we further regale in Puss’ adventures. And though this story can only last so long (“You cannot run forever, Puussss eeen Boooots!” an angry cat owner screams), you’ll leave the theater wishing he can. Four feline stars out of five.
Dominic Baez is the copy editor/paginator for the East Oregonian. Follow his movie blog, Silver Screening, for the latest trailers, clips and extras at silverscreening.wordpress.com.
A reporter’s story “The Story Never Ends: A Memoir of a Newspaper Reporter,” by Joe Bianco. © 2011 Avellino Press. Softcover, 187 pages. Retail $19.95. f you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a newspaper reporter, Joe Bianco’s autobiographical account of his years in the news business takes you inside the world of RENEE beat reSTRUTHERSporting, chasing HOGGE stories, Books interviewing celebrities and dealing with the politics of the newsroom. Bianco started as a copy boy for the StarLedger in Newark, N.J., in 1948 while a junior at Seton Hall. He moved to crime reporter on the night shift in Harrisburg, Penn., and from there hopped west to Oregon, taking a job at The Oregonian in 1955. Starting out on the night crime beat, Bianco would eventually become the editor of the popular Northwest Magazine, Sunday editor and Special Projects Director, and finally an author and book publisher. Over the course of his career he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, won
two awards for national investigative journalism and a Peabody Award, and earned national and international acclaim. Reading this book is a little like sitting down with Joe and shooting the breeze might be — friendly, engaging and fun. He’s obviously a high-energy man with an insatiable curiosity and drive to know the details of everything that piques his interest. He’s a maverick who’s not afraid to take chances, a tactic that served him well (and also caused him a lot of trouble with conservative editors) throughout his career in the newspaper business. He also reserves his highest praise for the many writers and editors who helped him every step of the way. This book is a collection of the highlights (and lowlights) of Bianco’s life as a newsman. At times self-congratulatory, refreshingly honest, but always genuine — Joe Bianco tells it like it was. Renee Struthers-Hogge is the editorial assistant for the East Oregonian. While she prefers to focus on authors, publishers and subject matter relevant to the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys a wide variety of genres and welcomes suggestions for new review material.
YouTube launches entertainment venture
NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube is making a bold step into original programming in an entertainment venture with some 100 content creators, from Madonna to The Wall Street Journal. The Google Inc.-owned video site said Friday that it’s launching more than 100 new video channels. The partners include an array of Hollywood production companies, celebrities and new media groups that will produce mainly niche-oriented videos. YouTube is shelling out $100 million to producers, according to
people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The money is an advance on advertising money the videos will bring in, and Google will recoup its portion first before splitting the proceeds. Advances are as high as $5 million per channel, said another person familiar with the arrangement, also speaking on condition of anonymity. Google declined to offer financial details of the deals, but said the majority of revenue will go to partners.
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diers — they wrote a song about it!”), but they come together to partake in their biggest adventure yet. Directed by Chris Miller from a screenplay by Tom Wheeler, who wrote the story with Brian Lynch and Will Davies, “Puss” is a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to storytelling details. Too many changes of mind and heart leave you disoriented. On the flip side, Puss isn’t the clearcut personality he was in “Shrek.” The story’s moral — vengeance and redemption — really doesn’t
connect. And for a kids’ movie, the humor at times strays a bit too far into adult territory. Even so, you won’t find a more visually spectacular movie out right now. A brilliant use of 3-D draws you in, creating a multidimensional landscape that’s at its best during the action sequences. No objects flying at you here. Building off the success of the “Shrek” franchise, “Puss in Boots” plays to its strengths, showcasing a lighter fare meant for a younger audience. It wouldn’t be surprising to
“Shrek,” and the storyline, a chaotic mix of magic beans and golden eggs, suffers because of it. By contrast, Puss’ best friend-turned-enemy, Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifianakis), is a far more complex and interesting character. A human-like scramble of emotions and motives (had to get the egg joke in there somewhere; there’s only a million in the movie), Humpty is a Rorschach test whose expressive mannerisms and deceiving appearance combine to make an animated character of unrivaled relatability. It’s a good thing. As to the connection between Puss and Humpty, they first meet in an orphanage, where they aspire of acquiring magic beans to grow a beanstalk they intend to climb into the clouds to steal the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs. But before their dream can hatch into fruition, the two are separated and Puss becomes an outlaw. When they reunite, Humpty is furious over Puss’ perceived betrayal (“You left me cracked in pieces on a bridge, surrounded by sol-
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